Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels
Location: 9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Date: November 11th – January 1st
Open: Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm
Cost: $35 per vehicle or $70 season pass
Since 2003, Santa’s Ranch has been bringing holiday joy to visitors with their amazing light show. With over a mile of trail, their beautiful lights and animated displays are a definite crowd pleaser. Concession stands will be setup to serve some delicious holiday treats like kettle corn and hot chocolate.
After you go thru the Santa’s Ranch light trail, consider taking a trip to San Marcos for…
San Marcos’ Sights & Sounds of Christmas
Location: 206 N C M Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666
Dates: December, the 1st-3rd and 8th-10th!
Time: 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Price: $5 per day or $15 season pass
Sights & Sounds of Christmas has been running since its founding in 1987. This family-friendly festival has a carnival complete with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, games and more. An amazing petting zoo allows those animal lovers a chance to enjoy a variety of animals. The Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival begins the week after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Saturday for two consecutive weeks.
Santa’s Wonderland in College Station
Location: 18898 Hwy 6 College Station, TX 77845
Date: November 11th – December 30th but check site
Open Times and Tick Cost: Check Site
Santa’s Wonderland in College Station is now in its 25th season. This event has grown into a destination wonderland. There is so much to enjoy when you get in the gate. Not all of these following activities are included with general admission so be sure to checkout the pricing page. Once your on site, you can enjoy a hayride tour, horse and carriage rides, meet the Claus’, ice skate, snowy playground, trail of lights and much more.
Throughout the days they are open, Santa’s Wonderland has or sponsors more than 12 different events. Opening on Nov. 11th with Military Appreciation weekend. On Dec. 5th, they put on a sensory-friendly night for those that would better enjoy the event with reduced sound, reduced crowd and other accommodations. From here there are 12 other specials events so be sure to check out the list of events.
Holidays in the Beautiful Texas Hill County
There were so many events to pick from for this topic. We’ll details some of our favorites and give you some links for others.
Fredericksburg’s Christmas Nights of Lights
Location: 100 block of W. Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Dates: November 22, 2022 – January 6, 2023
Time: Nightly at 6:00 PM
Beginning on Tuesday, November 22nd, Fredricksburg kicks off its nightly Christmas festivities. Each evening at 5pm you can enjoy holiday music and then at 6pm listen to a short audio presentation that covers the town’s German heritage. As 6:30 closes in, a countdown starts to mark the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Christmas Pyramid.
Johnson City’s Lights Spectacular
Location: Johnson City, Texas
Dates: November 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Time: Nightly starting at 6:00 PM
Price: Free with pay to use rides
This is now the 33rd Annual Lights Spectacular! Starting on Nov. 25th, Johnson City is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. It’s said that the light show is so massive, NASA has seen it from the International Space Station. This massively incredible light display is free for all to enjoy. Carriage rides and horse drawn trolleys will be available for a fee. Tractor pulled hayrides will also be running around town. This town wide light show is one you shouldn’t miss!